Volkswagen to build new electric vehicle in U.S.: Tennessee governor

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Volkswagen to build new electric vehicle in U.S.: Tennessee governor

FILE PHOTO: Volkswagen logos are pictured during the media day of the Salao do Automovel International Auto Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

DETROIT (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) is announcing on Monday it will build a new electric vehicle at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee as it shifts toward zero emission vehicles, the state’s governor told Reuters.

The German automaker is making the announcement at the Detroit auto show and will make an unspecified additional investment and add jobs, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said, declining to disclose details ahead of the formal announcement. “We obviously think electric vehicles are going to play a more and more prominent role,” Haslam said who is taking part in the announcement. Volkswagen said in November it planned to assemble EVs at a plant in North America, but had not decided which one.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama